Nikkie de Jager's Eurovision dress has a touching secret meaning
20 May 2021, 17:22 | Updated: 22 May 2021, 12:05
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Nikkie will be presenting during the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest final.
The YouTuber is one of this year's four Eurovision Song Contest presenters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Ahead of the semi-final, Nikkie also shared photos of herself wearing a jaw-dropping black Maison The Faux dress, which was embellished with pink, blue and white crystals – the colours of the transgender flag. "It is my honor to represent the trans flag colors in my gown for tomorrow’s second semi-finals @eurovision," Nikkie wrote on Instagram.
She will also wear the colours of the trans flag on her dress for the final.
Nikkie revealed that she is transgender in January 2020 in an emotional YouTube video titled 'I'm Coming Out'. Nikkie explained that she transitioned aged 19 and she had known she was a woman from a young age.
She said: "Ever since, I was born, I've always thought that I was a girl and I just couldn't understand why I had short hair or why I had to wear trousers and a t-shirt or why couldn't I wear dresses. And I played with dolls, I did everything with nail polish. All of me was girly. My mum knew immediately that I was either gay or I was going to be a different kind of story."
Sadly, Nikkie was forced to reveal her transgender identity after being blackmailed by someone who threatened to leak the story to the press. The police actually found Nikkie's blackmailers and she was "shocked" by who it turned out to be. However, ultimately Nikkie decided not to reveal her blackmailer's name because she didn't want to "lower herself to that level".
Nikkie has been living proudly and freely since the ordeal and has had an outpouring of support from the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
Taking to social media to share the moving detail hidden within her Eurovision final gown, Nikkie wrote: "a fairytale dress for the grand finale, @eurovision, thank you for making me feel like a princess, Edwin Oudshoorn, wearing the trans flag on my heart for this special night!"
a fairytale dress for the grand finale @eurovision 💘 thank you for making me feel like a princess, Edwin Oudshoorn ✨ wearing the trans flag on my heart for this special night! 🤍 pic.twitter.com/faM2Ty1Y2c— NikkieTutorials (@NikkieTutorials) May 21, 2021